If You See Pink…Go to the Sink!

If you see pink…go to the sink!
All of our patients at Orthodontics on Silver Lake (OSL) in Dover,DE share one common goal: “White, straight teeth” 
And all of us at OSL love helping our patients get there.

Whether you use a power or manual toothbrush or interdental brush; rubber tip or dental floss, or water pik; mouthrinse, each of these oral hygiene products have instructions to follow for the best results.

Optimum Results=Plaque-free teeth, non-bleeding gums, and fresh breath
Poor Results=Plaque and food particles left on the teeth and surface of your tongue. The bacteria in your mouth then break down the food particles, releasing chemicals that have a strong odor leading to bad breath.
One way to check that your oral hygiene efforts are working is to use a pink disclosing tablet after brushing and flossing. This tablet produces a harmless pink stain that clings to plaque, the film of bacteria that is always forming on the teeth and gums. It is a built in check for the user to see where he/she missed brushing.  If you see pink…go to the sink, and brush off the plaque to reveal your clean teeth.
If Dr. Steckel recommends a mouth rinse for you, then it’s best used after your teeth are completely clean.
Any questions? Call us at (302)672-7776 to speak with Anna or Annabel to take the first step to your “White, straight teeth” 

Ref: JADA, Vol 135, December 2004

How to Best Prevent White Spots

We all know that wearing braces can lead to the accumulation of plaque, and plaque is a major etiologic factor in the process that can lead to demineralization or “white spots.” Nobody wants to see white spots on their teeth after finishing their braces, especiallyDr. Steckel

Brushing is a great start!

How do we reduce the chances of white spots from happening? Well, if you are a patient at Orthodontics on Silverlake (OSL) you know we talk about brushing your teeth at every visit- whether you’re a fantastic brusher of if you need help to improve your brushing. So good brushing on a regular basis, what else? Avoid eating acidic foods and drinking acidic drinks like sodas and sports drinks- they can scar your teeth by reacting with the enamel of your teeth.

Using Flouride Can Help!

How about using fluoride-containing toothpastes, rinses, gels? When used regularly, these products keep the surface of your teeth protected against white spots to strengthen the enamel and saturating the saliva with protective fluoride ions.(1) So we recommend using these, as does your general dentist, when you get your teeth cleaned every 6 months.

Chewing Gum Sweetened By Xylitol


Chewing gum has a cleansing affect as well, and this is improved significantly when the gum is sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally-derived sweetener found in the Stevia plant. A study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of chewing-gum and the progression of dental decay. (2)The results showed a significant difference between children who chewed the gum sweetened with Xylitol vs. those that did not. No untoward side-effects from chewing the gum was noted.

I encourage patients who want to chew gum to chew gum with this natural sweetener! We haven’t seen any untoward effects as well, only happier patients at Orthodontics on Silverlake!

After Treatment

Once you get done with your orthodontic treatment, you want to be done! We want to help you with that by preventing white spots, tooth decay and any other common problem. By following these helpful tips, brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste and chewing gum that is sweetened by Xylitol, you are significantly reducing your chance of continued treatment after braces. Our staff at Orthodontics on Silverlake is happy to answer any questions you may have so feel free to contact us as we are always delighted to speak with our patients!

(1) Hellwig, E., Lennon A.M. 2004 Systemic vs Topical Fluoride. Caries Research 38,pp 258-262
(2) Kandelman, D., Gagnon G. 1987 Clinical Results After 12 months…Consumption of Chewing Gum containing Xylitol, JDR 66:8 1407-1411